Jian-Ren Liu

Renji Hospital, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (34)54.78 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies have indicated that dynamic alterations in the structure of postsynaptic density (PSD) are involved in the pathogenesis of many central nervous system disorders, including ischemic stroke. Homer is the newly identified scaffolding protein located at PSD and regulates synaptic function. Homer1a, an immediate early gene, has been shown to be induced by several stimulations, such as glutamate, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, and trauma. However, whether acidosis mediated by acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) and hypoxia during cerebral ischemia can change Homer1a expression remains to be determined. We investigated that acidosis and hypoxia selectively and rapidly upregulated Homer1a expression, but not Homer1b/c in cultured cortical neurons. We also found that Homer1a exhibited induction expression in brain cortex of the middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) rats. Additionally, acid-evoked Homer1a mRNA induction depended on extracellular signal-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2) and Akt activity, and ASIC1a-mediated calcium influx whereas hypoxia depended only on ERK1/2 activity. Also, we demonstrated that continuous acidosis and hypoxia resulted in pronounced cell injury and Homer1a knockdown with small interfering RNA aggravated this damage induced by 3 h acid and hypoxia incubation in neuro-2a cells. Homer1a might act as an activity-dependent regulator responding to extracellular stimuli during cerebral ischemia.
    CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics 01/2014; · 4.46 Impact Factor
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    CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics 01/2014; 20(1):86-7. · 4.46 Impact Factor
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    CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics 01/2014; 20(1):92-4. · 4.46 Impact Factor
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    International Journal of Stroke 08/2013; 8(6):E31-2. · 2.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: There are two widely used transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) methods, which differ in the use of unilateral or bilateral carotid artery reperfusion (UNICAR and BICAR). Of the two methods, UNICAR is easier to perform. This study was designed to comprehensively compare the two reperfusion methods to determine if there are any differences in outcomes. RESULTS: The UNICAR and BICAR groups each included 9 rats. At baseline, the average pO2 was 20.54 +/- 9.35 and 26.43 +/- 7.39, for the UNICAR and BICAR groups, respectively (P = 0.519). Changes in pO2, as well as other physiological parameters measured within the ischemic lesion, were similar between the UNICAR and BICAR groups during 90 min of MCAO and the first 30 min of reperfusion (all P > 0.05). Furthermore, both the Bederson score and Garcia score, which are used for neurological assessment, were also similar (both P > 0.05). There were also no significant differences in T2WI lesion volume, DWI lesion volume, PWI lesion volume, or TTC staining infarct volume between the two groups (all P > 0.05). CONCLUSION: UNICAR and BICAR have similar capability for inducing acute brain ischemic injury and can be considered interchangeable up to 24 hours after reperfusion.
    BMC Neuroscience 12/2012; 13(1):154. · 3.00 Impact Factor
  • Shu-Ling He, Da-Ming Wang, Jian-Ren Liu
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Whether small vessel infarction (SVI) correlates with large arterial lesion is under debate. The aim of the present study was to analyze the relationship between the single SVI in carotid territory by diffusion weight imaging (DWI) and arterial lesion by contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CEMRA). METHODS: Sixty patients with acute cerebral infarction underwent DWI within 7 days and CEMRA within 2 weeks after onset. They were divided into 2 groups of patients with and without single SVI. The clinical and magnetic resonance image features were compared between two groups. RESULTS: Lesions of ipsilateral extracranial carotid artery were detected in 10 patients of SVI groups (36%) versus 8 patients (25%) of non-SVI group (P = 0.54). Incidence of intracranial vascular lesion in single SVI group (32%) was slightly lower than that of non-SVI group (47%) (P = 0.52). And 46 patients (77%) were assessed on plaque of carotid artery. Incidence of ipsilateral carotid artery plaque (44%) was higher in single SVI group than that of non-SVI group (35%) (P = 0.76). And the incidence of vulnerable plaque in single SVI group (26%) was similar to that of non-SVI group (22%) (P = 0.73). CONCLUSION: SVI has not a single underlying mechanism of stroke. However, further studies with a large number of patients are waranteed.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 12/2012; 92(47):3358-3360.
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Vertebral artery hypoplasia (VAH), which has been found in about 10 % of normal individuals, does not produce symptoms but may be associated with an increased risk of cerebral posterior circulation ischemic (PCI) stroke. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of VAH in Chinese patients with cerebral infarction and investigate whether VAH is an independent risk factor for PCI stroke. METHODS: The medical records of 841 Chinese stroke patients were reviewed retrospectively. All patients underwent either cervical contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) or cervical computed tomography angiography (CTA). There is no standard definition of VAH; we defined it as a vertebral artery <2 mm in diameter and the whole artery was slim or absent on CE-MRA or CTA. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to identify significant independent risk factors for PCI stroke. RESULTS: There were 230 patients (27.3 %) diagnosed with PCI stroke and 91 patients diagnosed with VAH (10.8 %). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that VAH, male gender, and stenosis of the posterior circulation were independent risk factors for PCI stroke. CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that VAH is not rare in Chinese patients with stroke and that its presence increases the risk of PCI stroke.
    Neuroradiology 11/2012; · 2.70 Impact Factor
  • Jian-Ren Liu, Min Zhang, Meng-Li Wei
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: In this study, we investigated whether pre-procedural imaging of LSAs would potentially be helpful for preventing LSAs from being covered. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the LSAs of 15 consecutive patients who underwent revascularization for symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenosis. All patients underwent two- (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) digital subtraction angiography. RESULTS: We found that 46.7 (7/15), 40 (6/15), and 13.3 % (2/15) of patients had stenotic lesions in the proximal, middle, and distal third of the M1 segment, respectively. There was a total of 32 LSAs that originated from the lesioned MCAs. Seven (21.9 %), 10 (31.3 %), 11 (34.4 %), and 4 (12.5 %) LSAs originated from the proximal third of the M1 segment, middle third of the M1 segment, distal third of the M1 segment, and starting segment of the superior M2 segment, respectively. Sixteen (76.2 %) of 22 LSAs in 13 patients were covered by stents. It would have been possible to avoid covering 43.8 % (7/16) of these LSAs with stents if they had been evaluated before stenting, and the stents had been accurately deployed. Among 16 LSAs which were covered by stent, only one (6.25 %) was occluded after coverage. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that evaluation of LSAs during MCA stenting would be potentially helpful for preventing LSAs from being covered and subsequently occluded by stents.
    Neuroradiology 07/2012; · 2.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To study the efficacy of low-dose-rate californium-252 ((252)Cf) neutron intracavitary afterloading radiotherapy (RT) combined with external pelvic RT for treatment of cervical cancer. The records of 96 patients treated for cervical cancer from 2006 to 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. For patients with tumors ≤4 cm in diameter, external beam radiation was performed (1.8 Gy/day, five times/week) until the dose reached 20 Gy, and then (252)Cf neutron intracavitary afterloading RT (once/week) was begun, and the frequency of external beam radiation was changed to four times/week. For patients with tumors >4 cm, (252)Cf RT was performed one to two times before whole-pelvis external beam radiation. The tumor-eliminating dose was determined by using the depth limit of 5 mm below the mucosa as the reference point. In all patients, the total dose of the external beam radiation ranged from 46.8 to 50 Gy. For (252)Cf RT, the dose delivered to point A was 6 Gy/fraction, once per week, for a total of seven times, and the total dose was 42 Gy. The mean ± SD patient age was 54.7 ± 13.7 years. Six patients had disease assessed at stage IB, 13 patients had stage IIA, 49 patients had stage IIB, 3 patients had stage IIIA, 24 patients had stage IIIB, and 1 patient had stage IVA. All patients obtained complete tumor regression (CR). The mean ± SD time to CR was 23.5 ± 3.4 days. Vaginal bleeding was fully controlled in 80 patients within 1 to 8 days. The mean ± SD follow-up period was 27.6 ± 12.7 months (range, 6-48 months). Five patients died due to recurrence or metastasis. The 3-year survival and disease-free recurrence rates were 89.6% and 87.5 %, respectively. Nine patients experienced mild radiation proctitis, and 4 patients developed radiocystitis. Low-dose-rate (252)Cf neutron RT combined with external pelvic RT is effective for treating cervical cancer, with a low incidence of complications.
    International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 12/2011; 83(3):966-71. · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To review the clinical and genetic features of a pedigree of Kennedy disease in China. The clinical data of patients from a Kennedy disease family were collected. The numbers of trinucleotide CAG repeats in exon 1 of the androgen receptor gene were determined by DNA sequencing and repeat fragment analysis. In the pedigree, 4 patients were identified as Kennedy disease. Clinical manifested with adult-onset, progressive proximal limb muscle weakness and atrophy, gynecomastia, oligospermia were also presented. The number of trinucleotide CAG repeats in exon 1 of the androgen receptor gene was 51 in the proband. The electrophysiological study showed sensory and motor involvement and their serum triglycerides values were elevated significantly. Androgen receptors gene testing is the most reliable diagnosing method, the patients suspected as Kennedy disease should have a gene testing of androgen receptors.
    Zhejiang da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical sciences 09/2011; 40(5):555-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Radiation-induced necrosis is commonly seen after radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), but a post-irradiation brain abscess is rarely encountered and easily overlooked, which may lead to a dismal outcome. We describe two Chinese men with cerebral herniation caused by temporal lobe abscess within a radio-necrotic lesion presenting only with headache and neurological defects. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) showed cystic lesions in the temporal lobe with a severe mass effect. Both patients had brain herniation before emergency operations. Therefore, our findings suggest that a post-irradiation brain abscess may insidiously develop into disastrous herniation, and regular multi-modality neuroimaging follow-up should be carried out to help avoid this situation.
    Am. J. Biomed. Sci. 01/2011; 3:183-190.
  • Jia-jun Zhou, Mei-ping Ding, Jian-ren Liu
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    ABSTRACT: Hydrocephalus is a common medical condition characterized by abnormalities in the secretion,circulation or resorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), resulting in ventricular dilatation. The pathogenetic mechanism for the hydrocephalus is attributed to: the overproduction of CSF by the choroid plexus; the defect in CSF absorption and obstruction of CSF flow in the cerebral ventricles. However, the underlying etiology is poorly understood. With the development of genetic engineering, a growing body of evidence indicates that genetic factors play an essential role in the pathogenesis of hydrocephalus. It is the aim of this review to summarize these findings.
    Zhejiang da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical sciences 11/2010; 39(6):644-9.
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    ABSTRACT: This study describes the clinical and neuroimaging features of five patients with 1, 2-Dichloroethane (DCE) toxic encephalopathy. From January 1st 1998 to June 30th 2009, five patients who were subsequently diagnosed with DCE toxic encephalopathy were admitted to our hospital. All were female workers who had been in contact with DCE and subsequently had had seizures or symptoms of intracranial hypertension, including headache, nausea, and vomiting. The cranial MRI showed extensive brain edema in either the subcortical white matter, bilateral globus pallidus, and cerebellar nucleus dendatus, or the cortices. Of the five patients in the study, three had vasogenic edema, one had cytotoxic edema, and one had both types of edema. Following treatment with steroids and mannitol for 3 to 10 weeks, all patients made either a partial or complete recovery. The imaging findings were resolved on a follow-up MRI. It is clear that occupational exposure to DCE can cause severe toxic encephalopathy. Moreover, extensive brain edema, secondary to blood-brain barrier damage or neuronal injury, is the major neuroimaging feature and the cause of clinical manifestations. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment leads to a good outcome.
    Journal of the neurological sciences 02/2010; 292(1-2):111-3. · 2.32 Impact Factor
  • Hui-Qin Liu, Jian-Ren Liu, Mei-Ping Ding
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    ABSTRACT: Mouse stroke models provide experiment basis for study of the mechanisms of cell death and neural repair, and the neuroprotective effect of new drugs. There are at least three models of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) routinely used in experimental study. These models vary widely in their application in study of cell death or neural repair, and simulation of human diseases. This review article is focused on the characteristics of three mouse MCAO models and the strains-related differences in susceptibility to cerebral ischemia.
    Zhejiang da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical sciences 09/2009; 38(5):541-6.
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    ABSTRACT: qT2'-maps are calculated by subtracting T2- from T2*-relaxation rates. They are oxygen-sensitive and depict oxygen extraction. In several studies they have been used to describe the penumbra in patients with acute ischemic stroke. No correlation between rCBF and qT2' has been performed to date. In this study a correlation between rCBF and qT2' was performed in a temporary middle cerebral occlusion-reperfusion model of the rat. Temporary middle cerebral artery occlusion was performed on seven Sprague-Dawley rats. After 60 min of occlusion and 90 min of reperfusion MRI was performed including DWI, dynamic susceptibility contrast-weighted MR imaging (DSC-MRI) and qT2'. ROIs were placed inside the DWI lesion and transferred to rCBF- and qT2'-maps. rCBF and qT2' were compared to corresponding tissue in the contralateral hemisphere. qT2' was lower in the infarcted areas when compared to the contralateral hemisphere. Correlation between rCBF and qT2' was r = 0.41, p = 0.14 (Pearson's correlation coefficient), when corrected for outliers it was r = 0.58, p = 0.04. Our results show that there is a moderate correlation between rCBF and qT2'. qT2'-maps could be used to explore cerebral perfusion without the application of contrast agent or radiation.
    Journal of Neuroscience Methods 01/2009; 178(1):55-8. · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac right-to-left shunt (RLS), mainly due to patent foramen ovale (PFO), is a risk factor for paradoxical embolism and stroke. Results of studies about brain lesions in diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in PFO patients were controversial. DWI only detects acute ischemic lesions. We assessed the hypothesis that, in T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (T2WI) of stroke patients, RLS is associated with a typical distribution of small white matter lesions. In this retrospective case-control study, T2WI images of 162 stroke patients were evaluated. From stroke patients admitted between 1999 and 2003, 81 stroke patients with RLS were identified with contrast-enhanced transcranial Doppler (bubble test). Controls were 81 age-matched stroke patients without RLS (negative bubble test). In T2WI images, small lesions (<2 cm) were categorized depending on their location in subcortical white matter, peritrigonal white matter, deep and paraventricular white matter, and basal ganglia. Additionally, larger territorial infarcts were rated. In T2WI frontal or predominantly frontal-located subcortical small white matter, lesions are significantly associated with RLS (p < 0.0001, chi-square test). Forty-three patients with RLS (53%) and only 19 control patients (23%) showed this frontal dominance. Odds ratio is 3.7 (95% confidence interval = 1.9-7.1) for having a RLS when T2WI shows this lesion pattern in a stroke patient. No patient of the RLS group and 6% of the control group had parietal dominance. Distribution of small lesions in other locations like basal ganglia or deep white matter showed no significant difference for the groups. A distribution of mainly frontal subcortical small white matter lesions in T2WI is significantly associated with RLS in stroke patients.
    Neuroradiology 01/2009; 51(5):299-304. · 2.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an inherited cerebrovascular disease caused by a mutation of the NOTCH3 gene. The clinical information of two CADASIL families was studied and mutation analysis of the NOTCH3 gene was performed by DNA direct sequencing. Published studies of Mainland Chinese CADASIL patients were reviewed and reanalyzed. The patients in the two families showed migraine with aura, stroke and cognitive decline. Cranial MRI revealed subcortical white matter infarcts and leukoencephalopathy. Two previously reported mutations of the NOTCH3 gene, c.397C>T and c.268C>T, were identified and cosegregated with the disease. The main clinical features, cranial MRI and pathological changes in Mainland Chinese CADASIL patients were similar to those in other regions. The frequency of migraine may be lower than that in Europe, but similar to that in Asia. Eight different NOTCH3 gene mutations were reported among Mainland Chinese CADASIL patients; of these, the c.322C>T mutation has not been reported in other regions. This study supports that the clinical features of Mainland Chinese CADASIL patients are similar to those seen in other regions and that exon 3 and exon 4 of the NOTCH3 gene are the mutation hotspots in Mainland Chinese CADASIL patients.
    Journal of the neurological sciences 01/2009; 279(1-2):88-92. · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cathepsin S, one of the lysosomal proteinases, has many important physiological functions in the nervous system, especially in process of extracellular matrix degradation and endocellular antigen presentation. Those functions are closely associated with the pathogenesis of various neurological diseases. It would be beneficial to elucidate the role of Cathepsin S in the pathogenesis of various neurological diseases.
    Zhejiang da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical sciences 08/2008; 37(4):422-6.
  • Zhejiang da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical sciences 04/2008; 37(2):218-20.
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    ABSTRACT: Reversible posterior encephalopathy syndrome (RPES) is a clinical entity characterized with headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, consciousness disturbance, and frequently visual disorders associated with neuroradiological findings, predominantly white matter abnormalities of the parieto-occipital lobes. The central nervous system manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are highly diverse. However, SLE-associated RPES has been seldom reported. Here, we report a case with RPES in SLE and lupus nephritis with exclusive involvement of parietal and occipital cortices. A systematic review of the literature on the pathogenesis and treatment of SLE-associated RPES is included.
    Internal Medicine 02/2008; 47(9):867-75. · 0.97 Impact Factor

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145 Citations
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  • 2014
    • Renji Hospital
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2013–2014
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • Department of Neurology (Sixth People's Hospital)
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2012
    • Zhejiang Chinese Medical University
      Hang-hsien, Zhejiang Sheng, China
    • Xin Hua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 2005–2011
    • Zhejiang University
      • • Department of Neurobiology
      • • School of Medicine
      Hangzhou, Zhejiang Sheng, China